Parents, guardians advised on child upbringing

Save the Children Fiji Project Officer Jofiliti Veikoso speaks to the children during the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect National Celebration in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE week-long national celebrations on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect were launched over the weekend at Lautoka’s Churchill Park where parents and guardians were advised to be aware of what was influencing their child’s changing behaviour.

While launching the event, permanent secretary for Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta said parents and guardians were leaders in their homes.

He said parents and guardians should monitor outside influences which also played a part in shaping a child’s behaviour.

“Many of these evil influences come right into the home through television, radio, magazines, newspapers, social media and other forms of literature,” he said.

“Parents and guardians as leaders in your homes be concerned about the types of programs your family is watching.

“In the media today, there is so much that is unsavoury and degrading that it is detrimental to the child.

“What also influences a child’s behaviour and character is the thing they are exposed to outside of their homes, especially from their peers in schools, church and neighbourhood.

“Sometimes these influences are positive, whereby you learn new things from other children; you socialise for an important cause like the one you are currently participating in.

“But sometimes, what children see in their homes and in the world outside may negatively influence them.”

He explained that most perpetrators of violence came from backgrounds where they witnessed or experienced violence as a child.

“I again encourage parents to ensure that your child is reared in a home where the child is safe from all kinds of negative influences,” he said.

“Parents, teach your children good and correct principles with love and genuine care and they will be able to govern themselves in a manner that will be pleasing to you.”

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